They’ve all been reelected several times, but the four top congressional leaders remain an unpopular choice among voters nationwide.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters have an unfavorable opinion of House SpeakerJohn Boehner, and 53% say the same of House Democratic leaderNancy Pelosi. Unfavorables are only slightly lower for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (46%) and his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Harry Reid (50%), but that’s probably in part because they are not as well-known to voters.
A closer look at these numbers finds that Pelosi remains, as she has been for years, the most enthusiastically disliked, with 38% who have a Very Unfavorable opinion of her. Reid’s next with Very Unfavorables of 30%, while 27% feel that way about Boehner. McConnell, who just took over the majority leader job from Reid in January following the GOP takeover of the Senate in the last election, is viewed Very Unfavorably by 23%.